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Glenn Elliott and Debra Corey

The Rebel Playbook for World-Class Employee Engagement

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Build It by Glenn Elliott and Debra Corey is a management book that encourages leaders to focus on the needs of their employees and create a culture of trust, collaboration, and empowerment. It offers practical advice on how to build a more engaged and motivated workforce.

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    If you want to get the most out of a business, you need your employees to feel engaged.

    Have you ever had a job where the only thing you cared about was your paycheck? Or maybe you’ve been lucky and had a job you just couldn’t wait to start each morning?

    That’s the difference between a disengaged and an engaged employee.

    So what defines engagement? Well, the first thing to note is that it’s not the same thing as happiness.

    All sorts of things might make an employee happy. Great pay, a nice office and next to no responsibility add up to a pretty comfortable gig, but they don’t mean that someone will be engaged with their work.

    A truly engaged employee fits three criteria. First off, they understand and believe in the direction in which an organization is moving. Secondly, they can see how their role contributes to achieving that goal. Lastly, they’re genuinely invested in their employer’s success.

    You can see why engagement is so important! It makes businesses stronger and more innovative.

    That’s because engaged employees make better decisions. After all, they know what their company’s aims are and want to contribute to realizing them.

    Take the British retailer Marks & Spencer. An internal study found that the stores with the highest employee engagement rates were twice as likely to receive the highest service rating. Staff absences, by contrast, were a whopping 25 percent lower.

    Engagement is also becoming more vital as the world changes.

    The pace of technological change today is breathtaking. In the early twentieth century, it took radio 38 years to reach 50 million users. Facebook achieved that in a single year; Angry Birds needed just 35 days!

    If companies want to keep up, they need engaged, adaptable workers striving for success. There are plenty of examples of businesses that didn’t achieve this – just think of the once mighty Blockbuster empire. It failed to adapt to the rise of online streaming. Today, it’s a mere ghost of its former self.

    That leads to the million-dollar question: How do you cultivate a sense of engagement among employees?

    In the following blinks, we’ll explore the authors’ brand-new trademarked model designed to do just that – the Engagement Bridge™.

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    What is Build It about?

    Build It (2018) takes a look at one of the most important yet overlooked secrets behind business success: employee engagement. Drawing on a decade of research into 2,000 companies, Glenn Elliott and Debra Corey explore the tactics of some of today’s best-known firms to shed light on how they keep their workers switched on and productive. One common theme? They all tore up the HR rulebook, and this path-breaking book is designed to help you do just that.

    We’re thrilled to announce that the authors have worked together with Blinkist to create this book-in-blinks for you.

    Build It Review

    Build It (2018) is a book that explores the importance of creating a strong company culture and provides practical steps for building a thriving workplace. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers insightful strategies and tools for cultivating a positive and engaging work environment, resulting in higher employee satisfaction and productivity.
    • Backed by extensive research, the book provides evidence-based practices that have been proven to contribute to the success of organizations.
    • With its conversational tone and relatable examples, the book avoids being dry or intimidating and keeps readers invested and interested from start to finish.

    Best quote from Build It

    The greatest enemy of communication is the illusion that it has occurred.

    —Glenn Elliott and Debra Corey
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    Who should read Build It?

    • CEO’s and entrepreneurs looking to improve their businesses
    • HR people looking to engage their employees
    • Managers wanting to improve the performance of their team

    About the Author

    Glenn Elliott is an award-winning entrepreneur, author and speaker as well as the founder of Reward Gateway, a leading employment engagement technology. Debra Corey is an author and speaker as well as a seasoned HR professional. She has over 30 years of board-level experience at companies including Gap, Quintiles and Merlin Entertainment. She currently works with Reward Gateway.

    © Glenn Elliott and Debra Corey: Build It copyright 2018, John Wiley & Sons Inc. Used by permission of John Wiley & Sons Inc. and shall not be made available to any unauthorized third parties.

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    Build It FAQs 

    What is the main message of Build It?

    The main message of Build It is to create a high-performance company culture that engages and motivates employees.

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    Is Build It a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Build It is a valuable read. It offers practical insights and strategies for building a successful organization within a positive work culture.

    Who is the author of Build It?

    The authors of Build It are Glenn Elliott and Debra Corey.

    What to read after Build It?

    If you're wondering what to read next after Build It, here are some recommendations we suggest:
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    • Effective HR Communication by Debra Corey
    • Rituals Roadmap by Erica Keswin
    • The Fifth Discipline by Peter M. Senge
    • The Employee Experience Advantage by Jacob Morgan
    • Possible by William Ury
    • Slow Productivity by Cal Newport
    • Uncommon Service by Frances Frei & Anne Morriss
    • Why Motivating People Doesn't Work ... and What Does by Susan Fowler
    • The Culture Engine by S. Chris Edmonds